Secret Agent Peugeot 208 GTi Gets Chased by Helicopter and Missiles

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Ever since they launched the 208 a couple of years ago, Peugeot has been exploding with joyous celebration and awarding its loyal fans with ever more impressive special editions. Arguably their best work ever is the 208 GTi 30th Anniversary Special Edition, which pays tribute to a timeless classic that everybody who's into hot hatchbacks knows and loves.
About three decades ago, the French carmaker shot a commercial where they dropped a 205 GTi from the bay of a military aircraft. Now they're back at it and this time the aircraft is playing the bad guy, just for the sake of fun. If James Bond was French, this would be a great trailer for his movie!

Lockheed's C-130 Hercules was never used as an airborne missile launcher and nobody would ever believe you can do the loop de loop maneuver in a car. This ad is totally… unrealistically cool, like one of those racing games where you mash the Nos button to go faster.

When the Apache helicopter gunship comes out and shoots a blaze of bullets at the GTi, you know Peugeot are back at making fun cars just for the sake of it. Bravo French Lion for being crazy once more!

Mind you, the 208 GTi 30th Anniversary isn't exactly a sane machine and neither are its potential customers. From practical city runabout, the small Peugeot has been turned into a boy racer's dream, packing 208 hp and 300 Nm (221 lb-ft) of torque. As if the extra umpf wasn't enough, you also get a combination of matte black and gloss red paintwork and large 18-inch alloy wheels wrapped in Michelin Pilot Super Sport.

With a claimed 0 to 100 km/h time of 6.5 seconds, you won't be outrunning the Eurofighter Typhoon, but no other hot hatch this small will pose much of threat.

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Mihnea's favorite cars have already been built, the so-called modern classics from the '80s and '90s. He also loves local car culture from all over the world, so don't be surprised to see him getting excited about weird Japanese imports, low-rider VWs out of Germany, replicas from Russia or LS swaps down in Florida.
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